Scandinavian countries lead from the front of a European pack of countries on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) performance, as published in the latest SDG Index for 2017. The UK stands at a respectable 10th in the league table, with the USA floundering down at 25th.
The keyword for this year in the SDG Index is ‘spillover‘.
‘In this year’s report we note that development patterns of the rich countries
may generate adverse “spillovers” that may hinder the ability of poorer countries’ to achieve the SDGs. For example, the high consumption levels, banking secrecy and tax havens, and weapons exports, by the rich countries may severely inhibit sustainable development in poorer and more vulnerable countries. On the other hand, international development finance by high-income donor nations also directly supports the SDGs.
There is also mention of the emerging phase of SDG development around cities based agendas, with a preliminary SDG Index and Dashboard for Cities being launched in the United States. Obviously our very own rapidly accelerating Liverpool city region SDG movement will be keen to engage and learn to improve our own performance too!
I don’t know about you but Earth Hour at Casa Connor was great family fun!
We decided the food in the fridge freezer would survive for an hour and just turned everything off at the mains. Our two year old hadn’t been near a candle before and his wind-up penguin torch was almost too much fun for him, and his Mum to handle. Tiddlywinks could be easier by candlelight though. There are far too many shadows to lose awol buttons!
It was a welcome change from the normal routine of bedtime for mini-us and a shlomp in front of the television with the laptop stuck on my overheating thighs.
I’d love to know how many tonnes of CO2 were saved globally, how much energy usage dipped in the UK, how many people took part and their individual stories, how much we actually saved as a family (will work out later) and most of all, will it make any difference to those who make decisions on our behalf?